Paris St-Germain have signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona.
The deal for the 25-year-old smashes the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £89m in August 2016.
He will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year – 865,000 euros (£782,000) a week – before tax from the initial five-year deal, a total outlay of £400m.
Neymar said he has joined “one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe”.
“Paris St-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings,” he added.
JUST ADMIT THAT YOU WENT FOR THE MONEY.
People are saying that he was always going to be in the shadow of his teammate, Lionel Messi, but Neymar is only 25 years old. Messi is 30. There would have been time for him to be the best at Barcelona.
Neymar aside, £200m for one player is absolutely ridiculous. The money in football/soccer has ruined the game.
I support Manchester United so I guess I can’t talk, but I still have a sour taste in my mouth over the Pogba transfer.
Just because you have a shit ton of money, it doesn’t mean you should spend it recklessly. Not even that, the imbalance in all football leagues is becoming ridiculous.
If I’m a player on 200k a week with or on silly money, why am I going to give my all on the pitch? Win or lose, I get paid!
I’m not even going to mention the C word or a term with the initials ML, but know that I’m thinking it!
Here’s an infographic for you.
…that being said, I still have ‘marry a (somewhat intelligent) football player’ on my bucket list.